The Finlandia Foundation National (FFN) started a new interesting discussion program in which Finnish-American and Finns living in the United States share stories and tell about their fascinating lives. The monthly centerpiece program is hosted by Maria Voltaine and the first program features Philip Bailey, who works at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. He is working on Mars 2020 Rover, “Perseverance.”

The program is 45 mins long, free and can be seen on FFN’s Youtube channel.

Philip Bailey
Phil grew up bilingual in a Finnish-American household outside Boston Massachusetts. He graduated with a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the NASA Jet Propulsion laboratory in 2015. After coming to JPL he originally worked as a robotics engineer on autonomous motion planning software for unmanned surface vehicles.
On InSight, Phil worked on the Instrument Deployment Team, which was responsible for the instrument deployment arm and both cameras. Before launch, he contributed to the testbed V&V and ATLO campaigns. After launch he worked on the operations team as a robotic arm operator and was responsible for the localization of the deployed payloads.
After InSight Phil worked on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover with the Flight Systems team supporting the Robotic Arm After landing. He was responsible for the initial Robotic Arm checkout activities, and supported the Robotic Arm Downlink team.

In FFN’s first talk show, Philip talks about what it’s like to work at NASA, and dives deep into pioneering work on Mars. He also shares personal anecdotes about his life with a Finnish mother and a New England American father, growing up at the Finnish School and visiting Finland every year.

The Finlandia Foundation interview is available for free on the Finlandia Foundation’s national YouTube channel.